Ridley Scott Confirms Whether Rick Deckard Is a Replicant

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 4:56PM
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 4:56PM
Ridley Scott Confirms Whether Rick Deckard Is a Replicant
Before sci-fi fans became obsessed with that spinning top at the end of Inception, we were all asking ourselves whether Rick Deckard was a Replicant. The ending was intended to be ambiguous, but it still became one of the biggest mysteries in sci-fi. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how much you like ambiguity), Denis Villeneuve, who will direct the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, has confirmed that the second film will provide a definitive answer. But Ridley Scott may have just beaten him to the punch, as he seemed to reveal the answer in a recent interview:

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"Of course he's a bloody Replicant!" he told Yahoo! Movies. "He's going to have to admit it." Then when asked about the fact that Replicants die after four years, he said, "I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to see the story. It'll all make sense."
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Usually, we would say that this doesn't 100% mean that this will be the answer in the sequel, as the creative minds behind the franchise have always disagreed on whether Rick Deckard was human. Producer Michael Deeley (and Harrison Ford) wanted Deckard to be human, while screenwriter Hampton Fancher intended it to be ambiguous. Scott, for his part, has always claimed that in his vision, Deckard was a replicant, but this answer seems more definitive than an opinion. First of all, he says that "we'll have to see the story," which indicates that he's speaking from knowledge of what the sequel's answer will be. And furthermore, he confirmed in the interview that he has final cut of the Blade Runner sequel:

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"Oh, yeah. I mean, I always have final cut on everything, really. Partly because I'm very user-friendly. I always believe when you're given X amount of money by someone to f–k around with and make a movie, you can't draw lines in the sand. If I was an investor and you did that to me, I'd remove your ankles. So don't do the auteur s–t. I respect the guy for giving the money and I respect the studio for saying, 'Yeah, you want to do this, here we go.'"
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Plus, he is not only executive producing the film, but he confirmed later in the interview that he's read the sequel's script, which incidentally was so good that it convinced a reluctant Harrison Ford to return to the franchise:

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"Harrison said, 'Meh,' and I said, 'No, read this.' And I think he said, 'This is the best script I've ever had.'"
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So there you have it. Apparently the big Blade Runner mystery is not really a mystery anymore, as it's hard to imagine Scott making these statements if there were still a chance that Rick Deckard is human.

Scott also confirmed that Ryan Gosling will be taking over the franchise, as well as the timing of the sequel:

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"It was 2017, so coming back it'll be 2047, roughly. As young as you can play Ryan Gosling. He's 34, but he looks 27 when he's doing his push-ups. So maybe 2050."
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And finally, when asked if he planned to make four Blade Runner films, especially now that he's producing at least three sequels to Prometheus, he said, "Everyone else is, so why not?"

Speaking of Prometheus, Scott also discussed more plot details from the Prometheus sequel that's clearly just an Alien prequel, Alien: Paradise Lost:

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"It continues after the last one, where Elizabeth Shaw [Noomi Rapace] says, 'I wanna go where they came from.' And you've got Michael Fassbender in two parts, so she'll slowly put him back together. They will go to the world of the Engineer... They will find out who would design such an awful bio-mechanoid creature, like a massive piece of bacteria."
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The as-yet-untitled Blade Runner sequel will enter production in mid-2016, which means it will likely be released sometime in 2018, while Alien: Paradise Lost is scheduled to come out in 2017.

Via Comic Book Movie.
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